Kenyan athletes have once again confirmed their dominance in marathon races as John Muirurri Mburu and Caren Jebet Maiyo emerged winners of the maiden Kaduna Marathon on Saturday in the male and female categories respectively, The SportsBay reports
The race which featured 10km, 5km, and 21km was flagged off by Olympian Mary Onyali and Jimi Lawal, an adviser to Kaduna Governor, Nasir El-Rufai and had over 23 elite athletes from nine African countries taking part.
John Mburu was the man to beat as he clocked a time of 1:04.02, with Philip Taurus and Josphat Chobei following in 2nd and 3rd respectively with 1:05.20 and 1:05.78.
Just like the men’s race, Caren Maiyo led a clean sweep for Kenya in the women’s, taking the title in the 21km race in 1:12.43. Caren Cheptoeck (1:15.26) and Lilian Chemweno (1:15.32) settled for 2nd and 3rd respectively.
In the other categories, Mohammed Sani Musa from Kaduna State won the men’s category of the 5km race.
Kangyang Solomon from Plateau State won the female category of the 10km race, while 15-year-old Gyang David wins the 10km race in his first national appearance.
In the same vein, Emmanuel Gyang from Plateau State won the first position Nigerian male Category
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Government has expressed its gratitude to the runners, sponsors, citizens, media and government agencies that helped to successfully stage the first edition of the Kaduna Marathon.
A statement from Muyiwa Adekeye, Special Adviser to the Governor (Media & Communication), stated that the first edition of the Kaduna Marathon has advanced the stated goals of promoting sports, encouraging social interaction and showing the best of Kaduna.
“The Kaduna State Government wishes to express its gratitude to everyone that has helped to make a success of the first edition of the Kaduna Marathon. The elite runners from several African countries brought high standards of long-distance running while Nigerian citizens, residents and visitors alike to Kaduna participated with enthusiasm, the statement said.
“KDSG commends the all the runners, the sponsors, the media and government agencies that collaborated to make the Kaduna Marathon a success at the first attempt. We congratulate the winners and acknowledge other participants for making it a joyful sporting and social event.
“The state government salutes Kaduna residents for the warm welcome they have given to our guests. Government acknowledges residents for kindly bearing the inconveniences caused by the road closures for some hours on race day.
“Today’s main 21km race and the 5km and 10km races have helped advance the goals set out for the Kaduna Marathon. Designed as a half-marathon, the Kaduna Marathon is designed as an annual sporting event, creating options for talent development, drawing mass participation, inviting visitors to the state and creating economic benefits. A major objective is to promote social interaction and advance unity in the state.
“KDSG welcomes the recognition by world athletics of Kaduna Marathon as a fixture on the international sporting calendar.
“The Kaduna Marathon represents a further initiative in reviving sports in Kaduna State. In 2019, Malam Nasir El-Rufai anchored this responsibility in a new Ministry of Sports Development. The government will continue to support sports and work to stage many more sports programmes in the near future.”